Myriad Botanical Gardens is the central open space in the newly renovated downtown and features a variety of amenities to attract people from all walks of life to a world-class destination in the heart of Oklahoma City. (Site rendering courtesy of The Office of James Burnett.)
Members of the project team placed boulders for the lower portion of a 50-foot cascading waterfall. Over 500 tons of boulders were used in this one water feature alone.
Boulder placement was fine-tuned so that water flows freely over the boulders to simulate a natural stream.
This interactive fountain is made to resemble a storm cycle.
The pillars that hold the clouds resemble tornadoes, while the sculpture features simulated lighting, thunder and several drizzle features that represent a heavy rain storm. (Also see photo 5.)
The newly renovated gardens offer a more integrated and interactive experience for visitors, and serve as a community gathering space for arts, entertainment, culture and botanical education.
The complete renovation of this 17-acre arboretum required 70,000 man-hours which were expended in just six months’ time. During that tremendously accelerated schedule, over 125 different species of plant material were installed.
Additionally, 11 water features were created, which ranged from an interactive, computer-programmable children’s fountain with sound effects, fog and simulated rain, to a 50-foot cascading waterfall that contained over 500 tons of boulders.
Site personnel installed over one million dollars’ worth of pumping equipment and controls, along with a 30-inch-diameter water intake line that feeds the water features.
Crews used cranes ranging in size from 285 to 500 tons, managed $6 million worth of subcontracting work, and worked with four general contractors—all of whom were working simultaneously on this site.
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